The Gallagher Law Firm is currently prosecuting cases involving harm that may have been caused by the cholesterol drug, Crestor. If you think you have been harmed by Crestor, call The Gallagher Law Firm at (713) 238-7705 or contact us online for a free consultation with a Crestor Lawyer.
The drug Crestor (Generic name: Rosuvastatin, “roe SOO va sta tin”) is part of a group of drugs called the HMG CoA reductors.
How Crestor Works
Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium, ‘ROSE-ah VASS tuh-TIN’)works by inhibiting the work of HMG CoA. HMG CoA reductase is the enzyme in the body responsible for facilitating the production of cholesterol. Crestor causes a reduction in the production of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is considered to be the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Crestor tends to be prescribed in large doses/aggressively (High Density Statin Therapy).
Possible Side Effects and Potential Dangers
Crestor has proven very dangerous and potentially life-threatening for many patients, including an adverse reaction called rhabdomyolysis ( the breakdown of muscle fibers resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream.: US Library of Health, August 13, 2009)
The FDA has issued a warning on Crestor and, due to the problems there have been, requires a special warning on all doses of Crestor medication for causing or exacerbating muscle tissue destruction, kidney failure and renal failure.
History of Crestor
This medication was introduced into the market in August 2003 by AstraZeneca UK Limited. It quickly became AstraZeneca UK Limited’s top selling drug and by 2011, it made sales in the United States in over $4.5B. However, in 2006 and 2007, reports of severe side effects and reactions to the drug have since provoked several major suits against the pharmaceutical company.
If you think you have been harmed by Crestor, call a Crestor Lawyer at (713) 238-7705 or contact us online for a free consultation.